A visitor or a local in Cape Town and looking for a way to see this amazing city, just get on the new yellow route that CitySightseeing Cape Town started up with the launch of their Long Street Tour office and coffee shop
I was invited to attend their new Guided Walking Tour and found time to walk with on the eleven o’clock Historic City Walk.
Meeting up with the group of ten and our guide, Manny in the shop, I even had time to do some work with a cup of coffee.
The first place we walked to, was the GreenMarket Square with history from the start of the Cape’s history. As is was were the boats and locals would come to buy their fresh fruit and vegetables. These days you can buy goods here, like art and crafts. Our guide gave a tip about prices healing – don’t dress the part, which means the more the sales person can tick on their list the more the agreed price will be.
Walked though this set, ready to film Homeland the series that is filming in Cape Town. Claire Danes plays the female lead character
At the Cape High Court you will learn about the beginning of the dark history of Apartheid which took places between the years 1910 and 1990 and the start on were many acts were witnessed and is marked with two benches and the writing on them remind one of this history opposite is the Company Gardens and our next stop.
We heard about what the gardens were start as a means to replension the passing ship fresh food and water, that were on route the east from Europe and back. Here we meant the oldest resident of the garden.
A 450 year old Saffran Pear tree
From here we walked across the gardens to a old building called Tuynhuys, which was used as a tool shed when the gardens were started and has been refurbished and is now used as the state President’s city residence.
Tuynhuys or garden house
Our guide told us that the plack above the door is that of Jan van Riebeeck the founding Dutch commander.
Please compare this to the statue that can be found on the Heerengracht, at the bottom of Adderley Street
We were standing in Government Ave at this point and turned left, walked a little farther on and arrived in front of the the houses of Parliament.
The houses of Parliament
Something I never know, was the all the bricks were shipped from England by the English and each stone was stamped “made in England”.
Slave Lodge was as the name says, were the slaves were kept for working in the city and for selling. The original front door is near a square that has marbel blocks with some of the original names of slave names that were given to them after being sold to their new owners.
The City Hall, an old Victorian structure was built in 1905, the clock is suppose to be a 10th scale replica of Big Ben in London. Looks nothing like it and as or guide suggested, may be they are talking about the bell inside.
The building is more faimas for the first speech that was given to a croud of people, gathered on the Grand Parade which is in front.
The speech was given by the late president Nelson Mandela and was his first after being released from prison. Our guide reconstructed the events of 18th of Feb 1990, the day that now famas speech.
To the left is the oldest occupied building “The Castle” its construction was started in 1666
Our last stop before heading back to Greenmarket Square and then back to the Cape Town City Bus coffee shop was the Eastern Food Bazaar next to the Mutual building.
Which is a place one needs to go for lunch and is on my list of places to visit along with doing the Bo-Kaap walking tour in the city and after doing this tour I will go back soon to do that walking tour and eat lunch.
I hope you will as well, until then I will refresh my thirst with some other walks in and around Cape Town.